Part of Monday Night Movies: Cinema Migrations (at the Waterville Opera House)
Adapted from Woody Guthrie’s autobiography, Hal Ashby (who’s now largely and unfairly forgotten despite making such tremendous films as COMING HOME. SHAMPOO, THE LAST DETAIL, HAROLD AND MAUDE and BEING THERE) directs a gorgeous, moving biography of a real hero—an extraordinary, ordinary “man of the people.” BOUND FOR GLORY centers on a few pivotal years in the life of the celebrated folk singer and social activist in the Depression 1930s. Midwesterner Guthrie (brilliantly incarnated by a wryly smiling David Carradine) plays music locally but cannot make enough as a sign painter to support his wife (Melinda Dillon) and children. With only his paintbrushes, Woody joins the migration westward from the Dust Bowl to supposedly greener California pastures via boxcar and hitchhiking, accompanied by his guitar… A beyond deserved Oscar winner for Haskell Wexler’s mesmerizing, groundbreaking cinematography and Leonard Rosenman’s Musical Adaptation of Guthrie’s songs, BOUND FOR GLORY was also a Best Picture Oscar nominee—but has gone sadly unseen and unremembered, like most of the great films, a movie ahead of its time. Catch up now! PG. 147 Min.
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Series Sponsor: Colby College Center for the Arts & Humanities
Film Sponsor: Mainely Brews Restaurant & Brewhouse